By Dan Ambrose: Ryan Garcia will take a confidence-builder combat on December 2nd in opposition to little-known light-weight Oscar Duarte on common DAZN in San Antonio, Texas.
This will probably be Ryan’s first combat together with his new coach Derrick James, and it’ll be fascinating to see if he fires him instantly after if he loses or fails to shine.
Duarte has an 11-fight profitable steak since shedding in 2018, albeit in opposition to obscure fighters with poor data.
In taking a look at a few of Duarte’s fights, he’s very, very gradual in hand & foot, and and needs to be a straightforward win for Ryan. Regardless of by no means having overwhelmed anybody of be aware throughout his ten-year skilled profession, Duarte is ranked #10 at light-weight.
Duarte has a bit of little bit of energy, however his glacially gradual hand pace will make him a straightforward mark for Ryan.
It’s a good suggestion for Ryan’s December 2nd combat to not be positioned on PPV as a result of he’s coming off a KO loss, and his opponent is a man that almost all boxing followers have by no means heard of.
Golden Boy boss Oscar De La Hoya says Ryan’s subsequent combat after the rebuilding match in opposition to Duarte may very well be a giant one in early 2024. Oscar is all in favour of having Ryan problem WBO mild welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez for his title in February.
If not Teo, De La Hoya has one other combat, which may very well be for the WBA 140-lb belt in opposition to Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero if he’s nonetheless holding the title by then. Rolly is a extra winnable combat for Ryan, however even that match-up would nonetheless be seen as a protracted shot.
Within the leaked sparring video, Ryan was getting shelled by Rolly, and it wasn’t fairly to look at. It was worse than what Tank Davis did to Ryan, as he appeared to be taking it straightforward on him till knocking him out with a physique shot final April.
De La Hoya calls this a “correct combat” for the 25-year-old social media star Ryan Garcia, which some would argue is code speak to imply mismatch.
The 27-year-old Duarte’s solely profession defeat got here in opposition to Adrian Estrella, a fighter who was destroyed in 4 rounds by Subriel Matias and in a single spherical by Shohjahon Ergashev.
That is the primary combat for the Golden Boy-promoted mild welterweight contender Ryan (23-1, 10 KOs) since he was knocked out final April by Gervonta Davis.
“Right here you could have a man who’s coming off eleven knockouts in a row,” Golden Boy chief honcho Oscar De La Hoya informed Mike Coppinger about Ryan Garcia’s little-known opponent Oscar Duarte for his comeback combat on December 2nd on DAZN.
“There’s a man who’s an influence puncher who’s going to come back ahead and make Ryan combat. It’s the right combat after a knockout loss to Gervonta.”
“I’d love to speak to Bob to see what’s happening with him and Teofimo,” mentioned De La Hoya about his curiosity in talking with High Rank boss Bob Arum about placing a combat collectively between WBO mild welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia for Tremendous Bowl weekend for February tenth, 2024.